Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Man who saves larch gets axed

The Seeley Lake Timber Sale 1907-1910


November 5, 2020

Archives & Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Ditching a big log at Seeley Lake landing.

If the early history of Seeley Lake is intertwined with the lumber industry, the rise of the United States Forest Service is incontrovertibly intertwined with Seeley Lake and in particular with the Big Blackfoot Timber Sale of 1907-1910. Historian and member of the Camp Paxson Preservation Board Gary Williams has been researching that sale. The Seeley Swan Pathfinder will be bringing some of the interesting bits of information he has discovered about logging in the Seeley Lake area and also about the fledgling U.S. Forest Service.

SEELEY LAKE – By March 1909, the Forest Service and Big B...

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